Liberated Negative Space o’ the Day — William Blake Month: A Proverb of Hell

One of the “Proverbs of Hell,” from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.


“Prisons are built with stones of law, brothels with bricks of religion.”

I think the door does protest too much. Like, I didn’t even ask, dude.

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2 Responses to “Liberated Negative Space o’ the Day — William Blake Month: A Proverb of Hell”

  1. The Thaumaturge Says:

    Brothels “built” with bricks of “religion”? Whats that suppose to mean? How would that presumption hold water? Are you saying Christianity advocates and permits it’s women to become harlots? Prisons built with stones makes more sense.

    • E. Says:

      Congratulations on a very excellent choice of posting names. Love it. To answer your question, I believe Mr. Blake is referring to the denial of the body advocated in Paul, etc, and throughout the new testaments, which, by their harsh condemnation of the natural sexual urges we all battle, form the secretive bricks which comprise brothels et al. Hope this clears the poem up for you.

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